Ben Affleck, the new Batman, to debut as the superhero in movie with Superman

Warner Bros. has named Ben Affleck as the new Batman. He is set to debut as the caped superhero in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck (Photo by Angela George)
“Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project — bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel’,” the studio announced Thursday, reports Access Hollywood via Yahoo! OMG Philippines.

An elated Snyder expressed excitement after the announcement.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” the director reportedly said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

Henry Cavill will reprise his role as the Man of Steel in the Superman/Batman movie, which will be released in the U.S. on July 17, 2015.